May 26, 2018
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Free veggies

BANGOR — The St. Joseph Hospital Community Vegetable Exchange Stand will open for the season 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, July 19, and each Friday throughout the summer.

The original opening date was July 5, but had to be rescheduled because of the slow growing season.

Thanks to the generosity of St. Joseph employees and community members, those in the area who do not have access to fresh produce can take home fresh fruits and vegetables free of charge.

Gardeners in the community are asked to drop off produce, herbs and other garden fare before 11 a.m. on Fridays at the Front Desk at St. Joseph Hospital, or r11 a.m.-1p.m. at the vegetable stand outside the Demaso Family Lobby (Broadway entrance).


Bradford Days

BRADFORD — Bradford Days, featuring family friendly events, will be held Saturday, July 20. The day will begin at 8 a.m. with a softball tournament and a 5K race. At 10 a.m. the parade will begin, ending at the community center.

Activities at the event will include children’s games, bounce houses, rock climbing wall, water slides, indoor craft fair, horse show, fireman’s muster, live music and a pig scramble for children.

An Elvis impersonator will perform 7-9 p.m. and the show is free to attend. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.


New book

LEVANT — Author Jana Krause, a former resident of Levant, has released her second novel. “The Orbiter.” She collaborated with artist Scott Tucker of Hampden in designing the cover art for the novel.

For information about the book, go to


Community garden receives funds

INDIAN ISLAND — The Peoples’ Garden, a volunteer, intergenerational community  garden group of the Penobscot Nation has been awarded an $8,100 grant from the Broad Reach Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.  The funds will be used to increase production and availability of fresh organic food for the Penobscot community while revitalizing community green space.

The Peoples’ Garden started as a collaborative between multiple tribal departments interested in finding ways to ensure food security for future generations.  During  summer of 2011, a 30-foot by 70-foot hoop house was erected at a site where a crumbling basketball court once was.  The court was removed, the site cleaned up and the hoop house provided to the community for a community garden.

The community garden effort is coordinated by master gardeners Tami Connolly and Maria Girouard.

Grant funding will support the creation of an “edible landscape” surrounding the hoop house consisting of fruit and nut trees, berry bushes and herb gardens. It also will support future community education programs.


Final Orland Village Dam study available

ORLAND — The Orland Dam committee and Stantec Consulting Services have completed the Orland Village Dam Alternatives Feasibility Study, and final copies of the study are available on the town’s website and at the Town Office. The study considers pros, cons and costs of various alternatives for the Orland Village Dam, from taking no action, to dam and fishway rehabilitation, to modifying the dam with a new fish passage, to complete dam removal.

Dam committee members met with Orland selectmen last week to discuss next steps and further questions raised by the study. Over the next few months, the committee hopes to assess water quality in the impoundment above the dam, and also to determine the bedrock depth below the mud around the dam, to see if there is natural ledge existing at the dam site that might hold water back should the dam be removed. Committee members also want to learn more about current and predicted state and federal regulations regarding alewives, American eels and other fish species existing in the Orland-Narramissic River system that could affect town plans for the dam.

Six copies of the study, including all maps and appendices, will be available for short-term loan from the Orland Town Office, or visit to download a copy.


Summer Festival and Open Farm Day

The Summer Festival and Open Farm Day will take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21, at The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum, 372 Fields Pond Road  in Orrington. The event is part of the Orrington’s 225th anniversary celebration. Activities will include living history demonstrations, music, barbecue, animals, antique tractor and vehicle displays, vintage vehicle pulling competition. Sunday also will feature a visit from Walt Whitcomb, commissioner, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, and recognition of the Howard Farm, the last dairy farm in Orrington. Admission to the festival each day is $6, $3 students, $20 family. For information, go to curran

Also, as many as 20 local students age 7 to 15 years who register in advance will have an opportunity to participate in an  art class learning to use watercolors with instructor David Whalen. The classes will be held at noon and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, as part of the festival.

The cost for the class is $10 and includes materials and supplies. Registration deadline is Friday, July 19. For information, call 745-4426.

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